June 1, 2008 |
TALK about a tour manager's worst nightmare. Chad Hugo had missed his flight from Virginia, skipped rehearsal and wasn't picking up the phone. Worse still, with less than an hour until show time it appeared the 32-year-old multi-instrumentalist and superstar pop producer wasn't going to be anywhere within three states of the Big Apple in time for a taping of "Late Show With David Letterman," where he was scheduled to perform with his gold-selling hip-hop/rock/new...
May 31, 2009 |
Sean Combs Rapper and music producer Sean "Diddy" Combs is hip-hop's original mega-mogul, having branched out into movie and TV producing, acting, restaurant ownership and -- most notably -- fashion, since hitting it big in music in the 1990s. Combs launched Sean John in 1998, and the line quickly morphed from a basic urban label into an international brand and men's department staple around the world.
November 25, 2011 |
In the video to Pitbull's latest chart-topper, "Give Me Everything," he pours a glass of Voli vodka, careful to display the label; in the lyrics and video for his single, "Rain Over Me," he hails the vodka as the new "it" drink. In both clips, the bottle takes center stage as the rapper is swarmed by flashing neon lights, svelte models and crooning pop wingmen. Name-check references to the high life of liquor or drugs is nothing new to rap — a study released just weeks ago from the University of Pittsburgh and Dartmouth University found that for every hour that American teens listen to music, they hear more than three references to brand-name alcohol in rap/R&B/hip-hop lyrics.
October 31, 2013 |
Robin Thicke's “Blurred Lines” will surely go down as one of the biggest songs of 2013. The slinky dance track was No. 1 for 12 weeks, sold more than 6 million copies and served as the soundtrack for one of the most deliciously trainwrecky VMA performances ever. It also has had its share of controversy, including its NSFW video, critics blasting its sexual lyrics and the family of late soul legend Marvin Gaye calling it a blatant rip-off. In August, Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris Jr. (better known as T.I.)
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July 3, 2013 |
The pressures of being a single father. The realization that despite everything, your kids still long for a mom. The difficulties of getting a teenage daughter's attention between texting and a boy. The boy. The treacherous emotional terrain of middle-age dating. The challenges of staying relevant in the workplace. This is "Despicable Me 2"? It is. The softhearted villain Gru, so disarmingly voiced by Steve Carell, has gotten a lot more than he bargained for after 2010's "Despicable Me. " Adopting three adorable orphans brought a slew of issues into his life and those modern problems frame the sequel.
December 27, 2012 |
Is Miley Cyrus married? That's the question being asked after the pop star -- who's been engaged to Australian actor Liam Hemsworth since last summer -- tweeted a photo on Christmas in which she appears to be wearing what might be a wedding band. (This is what we in the business call a slow news week, folks.) Far more interesting than any potential nuptials, Cyrus also posted a new video to her YouTube account, the latest chapter in her ongoing "Backyard Sessions" performance series.
September 10, 2013 |
Miley Cyrus debuted the music video for her latest single, “Wrecking Ball,” on Monday, earning the most-ever views on Vevo in a 24-hour period. And if that weren't enough of an ego boost for the Disney-star-turned-provocateur, new stats show that Cyrus dominated the Internet over Syria after her controversial performance at the VMAs. “Americans viewed twelve times as many pages about Miley Cyrus as they did about Syria - even though the news sources published 2.4 Syria articles for every one about Miley,” writes New York magazine's Maureen O'Connor.
August 28, 2003 |
The Neptunes, the red-hot production duo that has helped shape hits for such stars as Nelly and Justin Timberlake, entered the national sales chart with their own album Wednesday. "The Neptunes Present 'The Clones' " features the Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo) working with a variety of hip-hop artists, including Busta Rhymes and Jay-Z, on 18 tracks. The album sold 249,000 copies in its first week in the stores to claim No.